Baker’s last events on the podium will be the chorus’ May 2015 appearances in Atlanta and at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Baker, 55, will continue as head of the William Baker Choral Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization created in Atlanta, but now headquartered in the metropolitan Kansas City area. He will also continue as Music Director and Conductor of the Summer Singers of Atlanta.
The conductor’s relationship with the Choral Foundation’s Kansas City-based ensembles will be unchanged. The Choral Foundation’s other Georgia ensembles, The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, the Cobb Summer Singers and the Northwest Georgia Summer Singers will continue unchanged under present staff.
Baker, along with his long-time associate Janis Lane, created the “Gwinnett Festival Singers” in 1985.